Having acne always seems like the worst thing in the world. We know that picking at the spots just causes scars and makes them worse, but we just can’t help it. But the real problem is when the acne goes away, and we end up with the aftermath.
Scars are unsightly. It’s obvious where they’ve come from, and we can’t help but feel self-conscious of them, right?
It’s time to get rid of those acne scars. You can clear up any evidence that there was acne on your skin with these top 15 treatments. The best part is they’re natural and you can use them together. There’s no need to hope your doctor will have something medicinal to use that just ends up causing a hormonal imbalance. There’s no need to fear the health problems that occur from laser treatments and other skin option.
Start with an Aloe Vera Treatment
One of the best natural products for your skin is aloe vera. The gel-like substance that comes from the leaves is full of vitamin E, which is an antioxidant. When the nutrient gets into the skin, the cells absorb it and have extra protection against free radicals. These free radicals are usually linked to skin cancer, but they can also cause inflamed and irritated skin.
Aloe vera will also act as a moisturizing cream. You end up getting more moisture, so your skin is far more flexible. How does this help to remove the scars? Well, the tissue that is scarred isn’t as rigid. It will shrink and minimize to get rid of the visible scar on your skin.
There are aloe vera products in stores. You can get skin care medicinal treatments from the pharmacy with it added in. However, these aren’t as effective or as good for you as getting the natural aloe vera. It’s a potted plant that you can grow in your home. You just need one small leaf to massage into the scarred area for the benefits!
Apply Coconut Oil Directly on Your Skin
Coconut oil is the number one product you need to get from the grocery store. It’s essential for your cooking, hair care, and skincare! This is all thanks to the antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties within the completely natural product. It also contains health fats that will help to protect the liver and overall health.
How does it help your scars? Well, the coconut oil gets deep into the skin tissues to moisturize it. This helps to improve the flexibility and health of the inner layers, where some of the scar tissue is. The scarring minimizes almost instantly.
Don’t wash the coconut oil off after you use it. You want to allow it to soak deep within the tissues and hydrate the lower layers of skin throughout the day. Don’t worry about the initial greasy look on your skin. That will go away with time. If you do feel like it’s too heavy for your fair and naturally oily skin, you can wash it off after around 30 minutes of wear.
The antibacterial benefits will help to avoid more breakouts in the future. Your pores are protected from bacterial build-up. If you do end up with acne, it won’t look as bad because of the anti-inflammatory properties of the coconut oil.
And coconut oil isn’t just good for acne scars. It will help to reduce the look of all types of scars while helping to repair other types of skin damage and other skin conditions.
As I said, this is the number one product that you want to get.
Create a Baking Soda Scrub
Baking soda is something that you likely already have in your home. It’s one of those natural products that is good for making cakes and bread rise while cleaning the counter tops and bathroom. Well, it’s also good for cleaning the skin. After coconut oil, this is the second item that you want to make sure you’re stocked up on!
Baking soda is a gentle cleanser. When mixed with water, you can create a deep cleansing scrub that exfoliates gently but effectively. You’ll get rid of all the dead skin cells in the skin making the skin look brighter and healthier than ever before.
Leave the mixture on the scars for a few minutes before you remove it. You want the cleansing and healing properties to soak in. Use lukewarm water to remove the baking soda and then use a moisturizing cream—opt for a natural one made with some coconut oil for extra scar healing benefits.
While helping to repair the damage that the previous acne did, you can keep the pores clear from dirt and grime creating more acne. You can use these two or three times a week for best results.
Apply Honey to Your Skin
Honey is a powerful healer of scars. It’s full of vitamin C, which helps to repair damage and support the immune system against other infections and issues. However, you will want to skip the honey you get in grocery stores and invest in raw honey. Store-bought options are full of added impurities and sugar that will do nothing for your skin.
The honey helps to repair the scar tissue, making it more flexible and soft. You’ll repair tears and damage created by the damaged cells within the scar tissue.
Massage your honey into your skin and leave it there for a few minutes to allow the skin to soak in all the health benefits. You can then wash it off with some lukewarm water and moisturize with coconut oil afterward.
This is one of those natural remedies that you can use daily. It’s also suitable for any breakouts that you may have in the future to help relieve the inflammation and avoid scarring next time.
Lighten with Some Lemon Juice
Why not try some lemon juice on your skin? The acid within the fruit will help to lighten the skin, which means helping the scars blend into your natural skin tone. You only need a few drops on your skin for 5-10 minutes to start the bleaching process. If you can, leave the lemon on all day, but you may find that the acid is too much and you need to rinse it off.
If you want something a little weaker, you can choose the juice from tomatoes instead. You’ll get the same outcome. Orange juice or lime juice can also work.
Your skin will be more sensitive to the UV rays when you use lemon juice. Make sure you cover your skin to avoid the risk of UV damage to your skin.
If you have naturally sensitive skin, you may find that this isn’t suitable. You shouldn’t feel burning while using it!
Apply Cucumbers Directly to the Skin
Another item out the fridge that you want to use is a cucumber. This is one of the most popular natural ingredients used in spa treatments, and highly popular with those wanting to remove scars from their skin.
Cucumbers are hydrating and refreshing. They’re full of water, which soaks directly into your skin. That means your hormones are balanced, your skin tissues are supported, and the flexibility is improved. The risk of tearing between layers and making the scars worse is limited.
On top of this, cucumbers are full of both vitamins A and C. We’re already looked at how good these are for the body: they support the tissues and the skin cells.
You only need to apply raw cucumber onto the scarred skin for 30 minutes, and you’ll start to see some repair work happening. Over time, the scar tissue is reduced, and your scars disappear.
Chop Potatoes for Your Skin
Another vegetable to stock up on the potato. You want to get the juice, which is full healing properties that fade the look of all types of scars on the body. They’re full of vitamins and minerals that are known for repairing the damage to skin cells and tissues within the body.
You only need a few slices of potato to apply directly onto the skin. The starchy liquid will help to create more flexible layers in the scar tissue. Massage them into the skin to also help boost the blood flow to your skin, improving the color and fighting against the damage.
This is one of those once-a-day treatments that will help to improve the look of your scars. Make sure you wash off the potato juice after about 15 minutes with some lukewarm water.
Create Your Sugar Scrub
While sugar is known for being bad for the health, it does get an unfair reputation. There are certainly some benefits, and one of those is when handling acne scars. Make a homemade sugar scrub, similarly to creating a baking soda scrub.
The benefit of sugar is in the acid that it contains. This is especially the case with some organic cane sugar compared to your store-bought granulated sugar. You can also add some lemon juice and coconut oil to create the scrub, adding various natural ingredients to heal the scars. The acid within the sugar and lemon together will lighten the scarring and make it blend in with the rest of your skin.
At the same time, the sugar scrub will exfoliate the skin. You’ll clean out the pores to prevent more acne breakouts and to scar in the future.
You only need to use the sugar two or three times a week. Make sure it isn’t too watery, as it should be a little like a paste to get the exfoliating benefits. Leave for 15 minutes, so the scars can soak in the acid and lighten, and then wash off with some lukewarm water.
Apply Vitamin E Directly to the Skin
It’s time to look out for a good vitamin E cream. The good news is you only need a gel capsule that you can break apart to use the liquid.
As we’ve seen, vitamin E is one of the best things for your skin. It’s an antioxidant that will help to fight against free radicals and prevent cell damage and abnormalities. You can reduce the risk of skin cancer and other diseases, while also helping the scar tissue to repair and heal.
Vitamin E cream is very much like a moisturizer. You just apply it directly to the skin and allow the body to soak it in. Leave it on for the rest of the day. There are no health problems linked to it, if you get pure vitamin E cream. Watch out for store-bought options that have other ingredients added in.
Invest in Rose Hip Seed Oil
There are so many oils out there that you can use. Coconut oil has already made it to our list and is certainly one that you want to get. However, another you will want to consider investing in is rose hip seed oil. This isn’t as easy to find as coconut oil and is a little more expensive, but it’s worth it for reducing your scars.
Look out for cold-pressed options for the best results. However, any rose hip seed oil will have a variety of benefits. It’s full of vitamin A in its natural form. You get instant help to repair tissue damage and support healthier and stronger tissues. That scar tissue softens and minimizes, meaning your scars start to disappear.
Like other oils, you can leave this on your skin. It’s a moisturizer and will soak in throughout the day. Of course, the moisturizing benefits also help to avoid an overproduction of natural oils and improve flexibility in the skin.
Apply Ice Cubes to Your Skin
Did you know that ice can help to reduce the look of acne scars on your skin? Ice cubes are good, but a pack of frozen peas may be better. One of the benefits of peas is that they shape to your body, which is useful for scars all over your shoulders, upper back, or face.
Another option is to freeze green tea. There are extra anti-inflammatory benefits, which is important for the healing of scars as you’ll note next.
Whatever type of frozen item you use, you will still get the benefit reducing the inflammation within the body. Scars will be raised because the tissue underneath is inflamed. If you can reduce this, then you can help to keep the scarring minimal and blended into the rest of your skin.
Opt for Apple Cider Vinegar
You may not have this in your cupboard yet, but you want to get it as soon as possible. Apple cider vinegar is like coconut oil and baking soda—it’s useful for so many needs! It’s especially beneficial for herbal remedies for the skin and overall health.
As you would expect when hearing the word vinegar, apple cider vinegar is full of acid. It shouldn’t be that surprising that you get similar benefits to lemon juice—the bleaching benefits.
However, Apple cider vinegar is also full of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits. It can help to reduce the swelling within the scar tissue to reduce the look of the scars. The vinegar can also balance the pH levels within the skin, improving appearance overall.
You don’t want to use pure vinegar on your skin, especially if your skin is sensitive. Dilute it in some water or olive oil and then apply directly to the scarring with some cotton wool. You’ll see the scars fade over time.
Create Your Sandalwood Paste
Sandalwood paste is another herbal remedy that you want to create in your home. Sandalwood is known for healing properties for the skin, whether for scarring, wounds, or infections. You only need a little with some rosewater and can apply it directly to the skin.
You can get better results if you mix this with some honey. You get the healing benefits of sandalwood with the vitamin C of the honey to support the immune system and skin cells.
This is something that you’ll need to make daily. Apply it for 30 minutes and then rinse off with some lukewarm water. You’ll visibly see the scars vanishing. Once they’ve completely gone, you can stop using the paste and go back to your normal skin care routine.
Cover Up and Protect from Sun Damage
The sun is one of the worst things for your scars. While there are some who say that the sun will darken the skin to help the scars blend, the sun will also darken the scars themselves. You could opt for an acid layer on the scars, but you run the risk of far more damage rather than healing.
Always wear a protective layer of sunscreen on your skin when you’re in the sun. Put a little extra on the acne scars to help protect this already damaged part of the skin. SPF 30 or more is desirable, even on the days where the sun is behind the clouds. It’s also worth skipping going out during the hottest parts of the day, where the sun can do it’s most damage.
Exfoliate on a Regular Basis
You’ll notice that I share a couple of homemade scrubs. There’s a reason why I wanted to add the scrubs, and it links to this 15th post acne treatment: exfoliating.
You need to exfoliate on a regular basis. Depending on your skin type, this could be every other day or just once or twice a week. Don’t just stick to the scarred areas but the overall body.
Exfoliating helps to get rid of the dead cells. You can bring the new cells to the surface and reveal the softer skin. This applies to the scarred areas too. Most acne scarring is only in the top layers of the skin. The acne didn’t penetrate that deep into the rest of the body. So, you can remove the top layers as the skin cells die.
Do this gently, especially in the face. The last thing you want is to tear the skin while trying to remove the scars and make the scarring worse and deeper.
Create a Post-Acne Treatment Regimen
There’s nothing worse than the scars left behind by problematic acne. You don’t need to put up with them, though! The above treatments will all help your acne scars diminish quickly. They are all natural, meaning that you’re avoiding the chemicals and additives put in products over the counter or from your doctor.
Create a regimen for your post-acne treatment, using a mixture of the above tips. You can test them all to find the ones that work best for you in both the long and short term to get the best skin.